Buying Lumber a Bit at a Time
I am considering building a classic highboy for my wife out of cherry, maple, or walnut. What impact would it have on the piece if, due to the cost, I bought the wood at various times throughout the project, rather than all at once?
Tom Burnside, Clinton, NC
If you can’t buy all the wood for your project at once, you won’t get a full set of matching boards. But if you buy the lumber wisely, you can maintain consistency within each element of the highboy at least. First, make sure materials for the major elements are covered in your initial purchase. For your highboy, buy enough lumber that matches in grain and color to make the sides of both the upper and lower cases.
It’s also essential to keep the grain and color on the facades of the two cases consistent. For both aesthetic and…